Speaking at DevCon 2022 Mauritius

I had the opportunity to speak again at the Developers Conference at Caudan Mauritius. It’s a must attend event for any person working in IT.

Upon my arrival I was given a speaker gift.

Reminds me of Mark Zuckerberg a bit. Maybe I’ll destined to be rich as him too. Lol 🤣

My first topic was “My First Baby Steps with Git”. It was aimed towards students held developers who have not yet started using Git. Despite being in peak lunch time, there was quite a good turnout on attendees. There were good interaction with the crowd. Thanks to my friend Avish to have taken photographs during my sessions.

The second talk which I held was more geared towards IoT enthusiasts. I showed a little demo on how we can integrate social media with internet of things. For example, I demoed how to turn on a light bulb using a Facebook message.

Bonus: My friend Vidush invited me to his talk as a guest along with Priyeshan and Alex. We got the opportunity to share our story on how we got into the entrepreneurship journey. And the question time was lit. The audience didn’t hold back their questions. They took full advantage of the panelists present. There’s indeed a huge interest in entrepreneurship in Mauritius. I hope we can become the silicon valley in the Indian Ocean. There’s still a long way to go.

The other sessions I attended were of really high quality. I was really happy with the conference overall. I hope the future events get even bigger and better.





The Cornman and The Hen

There was once this man who whenever he saw a hen, he started running away as fast as he could. His friends asked him what’s the matter with him and hens? He replied: “I am a maize kernel. If the hen sees me, she will eat me”.

His friends spent lots of time and efforts to convince him that he’s not a maize kernel but rather he is a man!!!

Few days went by and the guys sees a hen nearby and his friends watched his reaction. As soon as the guy noticed the hen, he ran away as soon as he could. His friends asked him why did he run away? He replied: “I know that I am not a maize kernel but does the hen know that?”

I laughed at the joke when my cousin told me this like 20 years ago while we were still kids.

I have been rejected multiple times in my life in different areas. I feel down. I feel useless. I want everything to stop. I want to go back to my cocoon. Then I say to myself: No! You’re awesome. You’ve accomplished so much in your life. You matter.

But then the other side of my brain says: Yeah. We know that you are awesome but do the people around you know that too?








Meeting with openSUSE Leap’s Release Manager in Mauritius

I got the invitation by the Linux User Group of Mauritius Meta (LUGM) 2 days before the event but I managed to make the time to attend it. The guest was Lubos Kocman.

I’m mostly an Ubuntu person – my laptop has been KDE Neon since quite some years now which is based on Ubuntu – so it would be interesting to see what are the other side of the world are doing.  Here’s a few interesting points I learnt:

1. openSUSE is now an Umbrella for several distros such as Tumbleweed, Leap and MicroOs. They are different distro suited at different environments depending on your needs.

The event ended by a sponsored drink by OceanDBA. I chose a non-alcohoic drink ofcourse 😛

OceanDBA is a company which provides expert consultancy for open-source databases within the MySQL eco-system. You may read more on them here: https://www.oceandba.com/

And who doesn’t like goodies? The attendees got a copy of LINUX MAGAZINE which also includes an installation DVD. Unfortunately all the laptops which I bought in the last 10 years, I made sure it doesn’t has a disk reader as they have become almost obsolete nowadays (except for Play Station games which I noticed are still sold on BluRay disks)

I hope we’ll be able to have more physical events in the upcoming days in the tech community. Let’s hope this covid thing ends once and for all.

First Time Attending Company Annual Meeting: SBM Holdings Ltd.

I started investing in the stock market since May 2021. I had bought few shares of SBM Holdings Ltd (SBMH.N0000). And I was therefore sent the Annual Report and an invitation to attend the Annual Meeting. BTW, SBM stands for State Bank of Mauritius.

Due to COVID-19 pandemic, the meetings were separated into multiple rooms so I could get to see the board members live.

Basically the meeting starts by the board members saying all is good. Then QA session where board members are asked questions about scandals, mismanagement of funds. The board will answer these:

  • We are only a holding company so we cannot answer what the operating company are doing
  • We cannot divulge loans given to certain customers as these are private
  • We take note, we will relay the information to the children company board members.

So basically what I understood is that the actual banking company is shielded from any scrutiny as I have shares only in the holding company and thus will not get invited in the children annual meeting if they do happen.

Everyone got 2 bags of food: 1 food pack for breakfast and 1 food pack at the end for lunch. Yay!

Tastes OK but I would have preferred Dividend payments. The goodies bag cost more than the amount of dividends I would have got but still 😛

Next hopefully will attend the meeting for SWAN GENERAL LTD. Wonder how similar it would be to this one.

Mid Journey

You decide to carpool with your friend who has a car from Curepipe to Portlouis to go fetch a treasure. The journey would take Rs 200 fuel so she tells you to pay half of that. The treasure will be split.

But midway, your friend says that she will stop at Reduit instead. No problem you say. You give her Rs 100 and you continue your journey via bus. But she locks the door instantly.

She tells you to give Rs 50,000 instead for the journey because she bought her car with lots of money and it took her 2 years to get the license. WTF? How will you get Rs 50k and Rs 30 more to continue your journey?